Ephiany “Big Piph” Morrow was moved during a recent trip to The Gambia bring Global Kids to Arkansas.
Arkansas has a rich music tradition. Artists from almost every genre have become successful while claiming roots in our state. Arkansas is a very diverse state and we have also had our share of public servants with an international impact.
What happens when music and public service come together?
Ephipany “Big Piph” Morrow has blazed his own path in hip hop. The Little Rock artist is one of the state’s most popular. He is also one of the most accomplished. Morrow has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford to go along with his musical accomplishments.
“I’m a firm believer that when you do a non-touristy overseas trip you come back impacted, and usually that impact makes you want to have a positive effect on the rest of the world, your immediate surroundings and yourself,” Morrow said.”
Morrow, upon learning about Global Kids, partnered with KYE-YAC International, GK-AR Program Collective & of course the main Global Kids to kick start the program for underserved kids in Arkansas. The non profit is based in Little Rock.
The project is driven by Morrow’s passion for “Youth, underserved communities, ‘greatness,’ and international travel.”
Starting in the Summer of 2013 Morrow began brainstorming and the organization is targeted Summer 2014 for the first pilot program.
According to Morrow, the program will be a success if :
“Truthfully we’re successful if we both (positively) impact and provide tools and opportunities in children’s lives who then go on to become agents of change and do the same for others. On a more quantifiable level, we’re (initially) successful when get all in order to launch this pilot program in July. To successfully do that we need all the resources in order, the largest of which is funding. Did I mention that you can donate HERE?”
Morrow’s organization has received a pledge for $10k by KYE-YAC. Other pledges range from $5 to $1,000.
Global Kids Arkansas has recently put together a selection committee. Put together by Mr. Charles Stewart, the committee consists of:
- Nicky Hamilton (South African, working at Children’s Hospital in Fund Raising, Graduate of Clinton School and Sawanee University),
- Phyllis Dickerson (Graduate of UCA, Work Advance for Michelle Obama Project / Event Manager and Special Aide to Mayor City of Little Rock)
- Dr. Elvin Price (Professor of Pharmacology UAMS)
- Charles Stewart (Interim CEO Heifer International(Retired), Executive Vice President Regions Financial Corporation (Retired) , CEO Stewart Real Estate Development
The pilot program, called Global Kids Arkansas Summer Institute is set to begin in the Summer of 2014. Currently, the program currently exists in New York City and Washington DC. Piph’s program is the first program expansion outside of these two cities.
Big Piph is also having a EP release on Saturday, March 24th at Stickyz Rock & Roll Chicken Shack. The EP actually dropped on March 19th and you can get a copy at his website.